Alicia Vikander Cast as Lara Croft, Will Lead 'Tomb Raider' Reboot
Daisy Ridley was supposedly in the mix, but nope.
We have a new Lara Croft.
Variety is reporting Academy Award-winner Alicia Vikander has landed the coveted big money role and will lead MGM and GK Films' Tomb Raider reboot. The film, based on the popular video game series, doesn't have a release date yet, but Roar Uthaug (The Wave) is attached to direct.
Vikander was already chosen, but the studio was delaying the announcement until a new draft of the script was ready. Daisy Ridley was rumored to be the pick, but those whispers didn't turn out to be true. Although the Force Awakens actress was supposedly in the running, Vikander was always the first choice.
Vikander replaces Angelina Jolie, who starred as Croft in Tomb Raider (2001) and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003). Those movies made over $400 million worldwide.
There's no word yet on the story but the casting of Vikander, who is 27-years-old but looks 19, may point towards an origin story of some sort. In 2013, a Tomb Raider reboot game was released that featured a younger Croft heading out on her first expedition.
Vikander, who won the Best Actress Oscar this year for her work in The Danish Girl is one of the industry's brightest young stars. You can catch her this year in Tulip Fever, Jason Bourne, and The Light Between Oceans.